5 Top Exhibitions to visit in February 2019

Exhibitions are for me a source of inspiration, I love to visit them and get inspired. This passion I like to share with you, so here my top exhibitions to visit in February 2019.

1. Cultural Threads in Textielmuseum Tilburg

Caught in the Rapture - Kunstenaar: Mary Sibande
Caught in the Rapture - Kunstenaar: Mary Sibande - Textielmuseum Tilburg - Photo courtesy of Gallery MOMO

We live in a world in which borders between countries and people become blurred, power relations change radically and cultures intermingle. The exhibition 'Cultural Threads' presents work in which contemporary artists use textiles as a powerful tool to portray their ideas on politico-societal issues.

They connect textiles to their own search for origin and identity in an increasingly globalized world. Or they use it to unravel histories and outline new future perspectives. 'Cultural Threads' can be seen in the TextielMuseum until May 12, 2019. With works by Eylem Aladogan, Célio Braga, Hana Miletic, Otobong Nkanga, Mary Sibande, Fiona Tan, Jennifer Tee, Aiko Tezuka and Vincent Vulsma.

For more information visit Textielmuseum.nl

2. Cool Japan in Tropenmuseum Amsterdam

Cool Japan in Tropenmuseum Amsterdam

Cool Japan brings the worldwide fascination for Japan into the picture: from Hello Kitty to samurai and from the recognizable Japanese horror to kawaii ('cute') fashion from the streets of Tokyo.

The exhibition attracted a record number of visitors to Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden last year, and will be shown in renewed form in Amsterdam until 1 September 2019.

The Tropenmuseum adds, among other things, a spectacular kawaii installation, an installation by the Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda. The candy pink "Colorful Rebellion - Seventh Nightmare" was previously seen in Tokyo, New York and Miami; but for the first time in the Netherlands.

Tropenmuseum shows with historical masterpieces from the world famous Japanese collection that the icons of today are in a long tradition. Striking are the similarities between the old masters and modern artists. In Cool Japan you will discover that ancient techniques and visual tricks in historical prints, woodcuts and paintings are still being applied by modern mangaka (artists) and animators.
A central eye-catcher is the four-meter-high painting Uki-Uki by Matsuura Hiroyuki in which traditional and contemporary elements represent exactly the core of the exhibition.

For more information visit Tropenmuseum.nl

3. Party People in Museum Rotterdam

Party People in Rotterdam

Party People is an exhibition about two generations of entertainment culture in which current developments in the Rotterdam nightlife scene are linked to the period in which it all began: the '90s.
The exhibition is on display until 23 June 2019.

Party People is an underground party of recognition for every party animal or fervent clubber who has ever made a step into Rotterdam's nightlife.

For this exhibition and the peripheral programming the museum collaborated with the authentic Rotterdam makers. Party icon Ted Langenbach and word artist Derek Otte zoom in as guest curators on the Rotterdam underground scene of the late 80s and early 90s. The period in which a DANCE-HOUSE-HIPHOP culture of (inter) national significance emerges in Rotterdam.
DJ & festival organizer Frank Dros and photographer Naomi van Heck, connoisseurs of and players in the current nightlife scene, zoom in on current events.
Music, fashion, photography, video, graphics, literature, spoken word, performance, art and design come together in this compelling exhibition.

In the exhibition you will go into the nightlife of the city; meet the doorhost, DJs and mc's, climb the stage and dance floor, marvel at the nightlife and experience the mysterious darkroom and the infamous afterparty. Everywhere the indispensable music sounds.

For more information visit museumrotterdam.nl

4. Erwin Olaf in Gemeentemuseum Den Haag/ Fotomuseum Den Haag

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and The Hague Museum of Photography are to honour one of the Netherlands’ most famous photographers, Erwin Olaf (b. 1959), with a double exhibition.
The exhibitions are from 16 February until 12 May 2019.

Olaf, whose recent portraits of the royal family drew widespread admiration, will turn sixty this year – a good moment to stage a major retrospective. The Hague Museum of Photography will focus on Olaf’s love of his craft and his transition from analogue photojournalist to digital image-maker and storyteller. Olaf will himself bring together some twenty photographs by famous photographers of the past who have been a vital source of inspiration to him.

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag will show non-commissioned work by Olaf from 2000 to his most recent series, including the work he produced in Shanghai and his most recent series Palm Springs, on display for the first time. Olaf will be showing his photography in the form of installations, in combination with film, sound and sculpture.

What I want to show most of all is a perfect world with a crack in it. I want to make the picture seductive enough to draw people into the narrative, and then deal the blow. 
Erwin Olaf

For more information visit Gemeentemuseum.nl and fotomuseumdenhaag.nl

5. Contemporary Fashion in Dutch Costume Museum Amsterdam

Tess van Zalinge - Amsterdam Fashion Week
This photo I took during Amsterdam Fashion Week, the designer Tess van Zalinge was inspired by dutch costume and Royal Delft.

Until March 31, 2019, the Dutch Costume Museum displays the "Contemporary Fashion" exhibition. The exhibition presents a selection of costumes and objects by contemporary fashion designers who are inspired by Dutch costume. This exhibition is an ode to these designers who got their inspiration from the Dutch costume and who, through their new designs, continue the designs and design from the traditional costume.
The Zuiderzee Museum (Collection from the exhibition 'Chased by the wind') and the Zeeuws Museum (collection of the exhibition 'Handwerk') have generously given a number of costumes, costume items and beautiful hats on loan for this exhibition.

In the exhibition, pieces of clothing by, among others, the following designers are shown; Walter van Beirendonck, Kasper Jongejan, Tess van Zalinge, Bas Kosters, Meeta Mastani & Marlies Fisher, Viktor & Rolf, Antoine Peters, Elizabeth van der Helm, Elke Wierenga.

For more information visit Hetklederdrachtmuseum.nl

5 Top Exhibitions to visit in February 2019 5 Top Exhibitions to visit in February 2019 Reviewed by Patricia Munster on 2:48:00 AM Rating: 5

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